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    Questions in the title, would be aiming for September 2010 entry

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    The sooner the better obviously - check where you want to go, as some will fill up and some will still have vacancies for you to apply through in clearing.

    Bear in mind that your referee might take their time doing your reference too!
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    Sadly, many secondary mathematics courses do not even manage to fill half of their places (although this may well change due to the credit crunch).

    Why mathematics and not physics Gav? It is a question you will be asked many times in the future so you might as well think about it now! (I took the same route by the way).
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Sadly, many secondary mathematics courses do not even manage to fill half of their places (although this may well change due to the credit crunch).

    Why mathematics and not physics Gav? It is a question you will be asked many times in the future so you might as well think about it now! (I took the same route by the way).
    That's surprising! I would have thought many more people would have been signing up for the 9k bursary!
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Sadly, many secondary mathematics courses do not even manage to fill half of their places (although this may well change due to the credit crunch).

    Why mathematics and not physics Gav? It is a question you will be asked many times in the future so you might as well think about it now! (I took the same route by the way).
    There's a few 'maths with 14-19 physics' PGCE courses that I'm thinking about applying for, but I'm not applying for a science PGCE because I don't really want to have to teach chemistry or biology, as I don't find them particularly interesting - and there's not much point teaching a subject you're not interested in. Also, the modules I've most enjoyed at uni have been the maths ones or the physics modules that are particularly mathematical and I've never been amazingly confident with practical work. (Oh and I've spent some time observing in my old high school's maths department over the last couple of weeks, which has been awesome and hoping to go back to my old college in September to observe some physics)

    What made you go for maths over physics?
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    What made you go for maths over physics?
    I can't really remember. I find the lack of mathematics, depth and rigour in school physics frustrating.

    I think your reasons are sound. Practical work can be a hassle. Physics graduates are so rare however that you would almost certainly be able to find a job where you teach nearly all GCSE triple science physics and AS and A2 physics with only a tiny amount of biology and chemistry.

    If you train to teach maths but get some experience of physics at the same time in your placement schools, your employability rating will go through the roof.
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    I can't really remember. I find the lack of mathematics, depth and rigour in school physics frustrating.

    I think your reasons are sound. Practical work can be a hassle. Physics graduates are so rare however that you would almost certainly be able to find a job where you teach nearly all GCSE triple science physics and AS and A2 physics with only a tiny amount of biology and chemistry.

    If you train to teach maths but get some experience of physics at the same time in your placement schools, your employability rating will go through the roof.
    Would that be particularly tricky to organise If I was doing a maths PGCE, wouldn't my time at the placement schools have to be spent entirely with maths?
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    Would that be particularly tricky to organise If I was doing a maths PGCE, wouldn't my time at the placement schools have to be spent entirely with maths?
    No, not at all. When you first visit each placement school, simply mention it to the Head of Maths and I'm sure he or she will be perfectly happy to arrange it for you.

    Interestingly, we had a PE student on 2nd placement this term who secured his first job teaching PE at a nearby National Challenge school that unfortunately has NO specialist maths teachers (they exist I am ashamed to say). His new school put some KS3 mathematics on his timetable and so he asked if we could give him some maths experience in his last few weeks.
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    I'm applying for 2010 entry for primary teaching and i've filled mine in already ready to be sent off when i can.
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    (Original post by Hana_87)
    I'm applying for 2010 entry for primary teaching and i've filled mine in already ready to be sent off when i can.
    I didn't think it was possible to apply for 2010 entry yet.
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    (Original post by -G-a-v-)
    I didn't think it was possible to apply for 2010 entry yet.
    Me neither, I thought it opened maybe mid September? Unless you mean you've written out what you want to say (personal statement etc)?
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    (Original post by cherbearbunnykins)
    Me neither, I thought it opened maybe mid September? Unless you mean you've written out what you want to say (personal statement etc)?

    Yeah that's what i meant.
 
 
 
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